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School Board Candidate Forum in Menomonie

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Candidates for the Board of the School District of Menomonie will speak to the public Tuesday, Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 E Main, Menomonie.

Supreme Court Forum in Menomonie

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Candidates for the Wisconsin Supreme Court will speak to the public Monday, Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Sorensen Hall (formerly Millenium Hall), Room 205, 121 10th Ave. E, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie. Parking is available to the public on adjacent university lots after 4 p.m.

Jeff Smith - It’s Time to Prioritize Rural Prosperity

Senator Jeff Smith

During the State of the State, Governor Tony Evers reflected on the accomplishments made in 2019 and the priorities we must carry out in the year ahead. As we draw closer to the end of this legislative session, we have a stronger sense of urgency to get things done.

 

Where in the World is Joe Luginbill?

Updated to reflect previous small claims court issue at the foundation's previous address.

Local philanthropist, school board member, and activist in the LGBTQ+ community Joe Luginbill has suddenly disappeared  after the news broke that the utilities at the State Theater were shut off for non-payment. This has been shocking to many  local citizens. But first, let's take a step back to this young man's quick rise to fame.

Our Environmental Film Festival - Right To Harm Canceled

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We just received word from Tugg that they have canceled our film showing because they are "no longer operating in our area". We are more than a little bewildered by this and are exploring alternatives to show the film here. Watch this space.

Menomonie Special School Board Meeting 1/27/2020

Our coverage of the Menomonie School District board meetings will resume tonight after missing several meetings due to staff conflicts. The agenda is attached and video of the meeting will become available some time on Tues., Jan 28.

Democracy Fatigue

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Tired of fighting? Feel like voting / marching / calling Congress / all of it is pointless? Maybe you are suffering from democracy fatigue, which threatens to become both epidemic and chronic in the United States.

Wisconsin Farmers Union Responds to State of the State Address

Wisconsin Farmers Union President Darin Von Ruden has offered the following statement in response to Governor Evers' 2020 State of the State address:

Gov. Evers Delivers State of the State Speech

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In tonight's State of the State speech, Governor Evers recognized several bills that have been passed through bipartisan efforts. He then went on to set an agenda of things that need to be accomplished, including creating a task force on student debt in Wisconsin, making higher education more available to people in Wisconsin without the burden of long-term debt.

Jeff Smith - Surprise! It’s a Bill!

Sen. Smith

Last week, Governor Tony Evers assigned homework for the Legislature to accomplish in the new year. Governor Evers urged bipartisan cooperation to tackle some of the most pressing issues in our state and create solutions Wisconsinites support to close the dark store loophole, lower insulin costs, protect our water, address homelessness and more.

 

What Are PFAS And Why Are They A Problem?

A group of chemicals known as PFAS are prompting increasing attention and concern across Wisconsin, turning up in drinking water in Marinette and rivers in Madison and elsewhere

7th CD Democratic Candidate Forum - New Video

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Wisconsin Senate District 7 Candidate Forum

Even though it is a little out of our normal coverage area, tonight we will be driving up to Rice Lake to cover the 7th CD Candidate Forum. will include the Democratic candidates (Tricia Zunker and Lawrence Dale) for the 7th CD seat which is vacant due to Sean Duffy's resignation.

Time to Patch and Upgrade on Windows

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There is lots of security news for your windows computer today. First off, Microsoft has released their January 2020 patch bundle, and you really want to install this one. It features a serious patch to a cryptographic library . Get patching.

Jeff Smith - Good Government Demands Redistricting Reform

Senator Jeff Smith

Every new year is an opportunity to reflect on what we can do better moving forward. When the New Year is the first of a new decade we think even bigger. What can we do in this new decade to become the sibling, parent, neighbor, colleague or citizen we’re expected to be?

 

Appeals Court Blocks Voter Purge

The legal struggle over the purge of Wisconsin voters from the voter polls continues.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Refuses to Expedite Voter Purge Case

In a somewhat surprising move, the state Supreme Court today decided 3-3 not to hear the pending litigation on the purging of possibly-moved voters in an expedited manner. Newly-elected conservative justice Brian Hagedorn joined the two more liberal judges Ann Walsh Bradley and Rebecca Dallet in voting to not hear the case.

Judge Holds Elections Commission in Contempt of Court

This morning Ozaukee County Judge Paul Malloy has found the state Elections Commission and its three Democratic members in contempt of court on removing voters from the state voting rolls who may have moved. 

Affordable Housing in Dunn County

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Menomonie Wi Affordable Housing Panel 2

The city of Menomonie is working on a 20-year housing plan. The goal of this plan is to increase the amount of affordable housing in the area. Affordable housing is defined as housing that can be rented by families making 60% of the median income in the are, or purchased by families making 120% of the median income. 

Train Derailment Near Knapp - photos

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We have seen very recent reports of a train derailment at Highway 12 at 190th St. near Knapp. Scanner reports indicate that 20-30 cars are off the tracks. There were no injuries from the accident and no hazardous leaks have happened, but highway 12 is closed at the accident. 300 gallons of diesel fuel ran out from the train into a field, and that is being cleaned up.

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Green & Gold (Old Town Road Parody)

In honor of the Packers today Charlie Berens brings us the Old Town Road parody we had no idea we needed.

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